Unfortunately, no person comes with an expiration date. This leaves the length of each person’s existence unknown. With that in mind, there is average life expectancy data available. To defy the average and live not only longer, but experience a better quality of life, you can choose to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
Maintaining a Healthy Weight
In the United States, the number of people who are overweight continues to rise annually. While there are contributing factors, it’s up to you to do what’s necessary to maintain a healthy weight. Eating a well-balanced diet and avoiding processed foods, saturated fats and excessive amounts of sugar and salt, will help you keep your weight under control.
Losing the Weight
If you are currently overweight or even classified as obese, you’re setting yourself up for a reduced quality of life in the future. Extra weight puts stress on your joints and can put you at a greater risk for disease, illness or injury. The good news is that there are many options at your disposal. You can try dieting on your own, with the help of a family member or friend, or by using a personalized diet plan available through several companies.
Move Your Body
As a society, many are now complacent about rare bouts of activity, if any at all. If you want to promote health and enjoy a good quality of life in your retirement, the time is now to begin a regimen that includes working out at least 3 to 4 times weekly for a duration of 30-40 minutes. Remaining active prevents sagging skin and wrinkles, loss of muscle mass, and boosts mood, helping to keep you looking and feeling younger, happy and content. Regular exercise also assists with weight loss, helping to burn extra calories.
Find Your Inner Peace
Many people go through an entire lifetime without ever discovering their true passions that provide inner peace. Maybe you love nature and long to travel to new and exciting unchartered territories. Or perhaps, you enjoy painting or writing. Make every effort to find out what brings you inner peace and make every effort to do it.
Importance of Sleep
While you rest in a deep sleep, your brain does a complete check of the body. It helps to heal itself and store events that happened during the prior day into the mind’s memory permanently. Sleep is a vital component in sustaining a healthy life. It allows you to wake up refreshed and energized and helps you maintain mental stability. As a result, you have the ability to retain information, learn, and control your emotions. Additionally, it prevents serious diseases such as heart disease and high blood pressure.
Viewing the glass as half full versus half empty will contribute to a healthier you. It helps you manage stress, which can lead to lower blood pressure and a reduced risk of a heart attack and stroke. Maintaining a positive outlook doesn’t mean that you avoid conflict or disengage from society. It simply means that you find a way to achieve results from a dismal situation. By remaining positive, you are better able to handle day to day troubles, making them less taxing on the body and the mind.
Give up Bad Habits
Everyone has a few bad habits. However, certain bad habits such as smoking and drug and alcohol abuse can put you at a greater risk of acquiring a serious illness or even a premature death. If you smoke, abuse drugs or drink excessively, make every effort to kick the habit.
You have one life to live, make every effort to promote a healthy existence now and in the future.